The minimum daily requirements for a healthy career


By Peter Weddle

Big events change things. The Great Depression reshaped the world view of at least several generations of Americans. And, the same is happening as we emerge from the late, unlamented Great Recession.

Many of us will never again look at the world of work the way we used to. It’s different now – we’re absolutely convinced of that – even if we aren’t exactly sure what the changes are or what they may mean for our careers and future wellbeing.

One change, however, is already apparent. We now know that we can no longer manage our careers the way we have in the past. During those seemingly carefree days, we focused on our careers just once a year — during our annual performance appraisal and salary review. The rest of the time we concentrated on doing our job, believing that such an approach would provide the best measure of job security.

Sadly, the Great Recession proved otherwise. It didn’t matter how loyal we were or how strong our contribution was, if we were in the wrong place at the wrong time, we found ourselves suffering career cardiac arrest or what the pundits call unemployment. We quickly and painfully learned that doing our job wasn’t enough to ensure we would keep it.

So, what is the minimum daily requirement for a healthy career in this new world of work?

To answer that question, you have to know what constitutes a healthy career. I think it’s one that provides you with genuine career security — the ability to stay employed in a job of your choosing regardless of the financial condition of any one employer or the entire economy.